44 Perfect Gifts for the Bird and Nature Lovers in Your Life, How the Evening Grosbeak Got Its Misleading Name. Early on, officials in the United States expressed concerns the hurricane season could potentially exacerbate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for U.S. coastal residents.  Shower and thunderstorm activity become more consolidated October 3, as the wave moved over the central Caribbean, The consolidation trend continued through the next day, and at 21:00 UTC the system was classified as Potential Tropical Cyclone Twenty-Six. They concluded that warming has increased the likelihood of a hurricane developing into a Category 3 or higher by 8% per decade.  Just 40 minutes later, at 06:40 UTC, Iota reached Category 4 intensity.  Laura pummeled southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas, with Lake Charles, Louisiana being particularly hard hit.  Continued internal fluctuations caused the eye to nearly dissipate and Teddy weakened below major hurricane status at 12:00 UTC on September 20.  After Gonzalo failed to strengthen into a hurricane on July 24, the hurricane and tropical storm watches were replaced with tropical storm warnings. While many birds will avoid those storms or navigate them successfully, others won’t be so lucky. The full scope of the damage from Eta likely won't be known for a while. If more nests fail, they’ll try again and again until they hatch young. The hurricane kept expanding as it began to undergo an extratropical transition while it neared Nova Scotia's south coast; although Teddy appeared to be a post-tropical cyclone, Hurricane Hunters also found a warm core in Teddy's center. Arthur weaved along the Gulf Stream and changed little in intensity as it encountered increasing wind shear. Hurricane Sally impacted the US Gulf Coast, causing severe flooding, while Hurricane Teddy impacted Bermuda before affecting Atlantic Canada as an extratropical cyclone. Based on these developments, the NHC classified the system as a tropical storm at 17:00 UTC on June 23, and named it Dolly.  Fay then made landfall east-northeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey at 21:00 UTC July 10 after weakening slightly. pic.twitter.com/xHgNI5SvJg. The storm then moved over the northern Leeward islands, and it then strengthened as it approached Puerto Rico.  Iota ultimately made landfall in the same general area of Central America that Eta had just weeks earlier. , On August 13, the NHC began to track an area of low pressure located over eastern North Carolina. Hopefully with a close enough look and a clear song, you’ll be able to confidently confirm you’re looking at a Veery. It’s truly a pleasant surprise to spot the first bird on our list! Mudslides caused extensive damage, as well as the deaths of possibly many people. The factors considered include El Niño-La Niña conditions, Atlantic sea surface temperatures, strength of the trade winds in the tropical Atlantic, strength of wind shear in the upper atmosphere, and the state of the West African monsoon season.  Altogether, there were six storm-related fatalities, two each in: Yucatán, Louisiana and Florida.  At 15:00 UTC the same day, the NHC upgraded the system to Tropical Storm Paulette. Jill Deppe, senior director of the National Audubon Society’s Migratory Bird Initiative, agrees.  The shear later began to lessen, allowing Paulette to become more organized and begin to form an eye, becoming a hurricane at 03:00 UTC on September 13.  Then, despite the adverse affects of easterly wind shear, the system re-strengthened to a tropical storm twelve hours later. This season has also featured a record 10 tropical cyclones that have undergone rapid intensification, tying it with 1995. The forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for a 60% chance of 13 to 19 named storms (normal is 12). The same storm, along with Hurricane Maria, devastated the vegetation on several Caribbean islands that a variety of birds rely on for food and shelter. And in 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan broke records as the strongest system in the northwest Pacific, with winds of 195 mph.  Development of the system was not expected at the time due to strong upper-level winds produced by Hurricane Sally. Overall, damage from the storm on the US Eastern Coast was at least US$350 million, based on wind and storm surge damage on residential, commercial, and industrial properties. The warm water produced in the equatorial Pacific Ocean during El Niño years usually favors active weather in the Pacific and overwhelms the Atlantic Basin. The American Meteorological Society and the National Hurricane Center declined to comment. My guess is that they don’t take it particularly seriously or don’t understand how strong the data are.”.  That night, Epsilon made its closest advance toward Bermuda, passing about 190 mi (310 km) to its east.  Early on August 23, Laura made landfall near San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, with 45 mph (75 km/h) winds. The season officially started on June 1 and will officially end on November 30; however, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time, as illustrated by the early formation of Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha, on May 16 and 27, respectively.  Eta transitioned into an extratropical cyclone on November 13 while moving northeastward, paralleling the coast of the Carolinas.